Onto Malou’s awesome answers!
Q1: When and how did you start blogging?
I started blogging back in… (let me check my blog to find my first blog post, haha) April 2015. I quit my supermarket job and I felt like society would look down upon me, because I became unemployed and still had half a year to pass before I would be able to start my studies. Therefore, I wanted to write about my reasons to quit my job, and once I had I shared it on my Facebook my surrounding actually got to read it. I then realised that I actually had a lot more to say and simply kept it up ever since.
The Prose Machine: Once you get started writing, it can be pretty hard to stop, huh? So glad to see how well you’ve kept with it. That in itself is an accomplishment!
Q2: Through your blogging, is there one thing that you've found you connect most with to write about?
The things I write about seem to be rather random. The thing they have in common might be that they all have to do with my own experiences. Often, I’ll write about something when it’s something I’ve recently learned. For example, when I graduated I realised how beneficial it is to actually put on a gown and graduate, because it helps you recognise and acknowledge your own success. For me, this felt like an important lesson to learn, and so I wrote a post about it to both self reflect, and also share it with other people who might not be certain yet if they want to attend their graduation next year.
The Prose Machine: Self-reflection is one of the best parts about being a writer! Better yet, by sharing it with others, people can learn from your experiences. It turns out we’re very similar in what we’re trying to do with our writing!
Q3: What do new bloggers absolutely need to know to enjoy blogging success?
I think the most important thing is to have fun. I did not join the blogging community until two months ago (partly because I didn’t know it existed). Therefore, I never had a big audience or that many views. Yet, I still blogged because I enjoy writing these posts. Even now that I’m a part of the blogging community, it’s not like my views are skyrocketing or anything. I don’t think the numbers should be why you are blogging, because if it is you are likely to be disappointed very quickly. So just enjoy what you do and you’ll naturally enjoy all the rest too, because even one view is one person who will have read what you wrote and that’s pretty awesome on its own!
The Prose Machine: We definitely see eye-to-eye on this point! It should be all about having fun. While views are great, and interactions are even better, at the end of the day it’s all about expressing yourself. If just one other person reads what you wrote, that’s awesome! I definitely get too caught up in the numbers sometimes, even as much as I write about how NOT to do that. We definitely have to remember to have fun with our craft :)
Thanks bunches for your insights, Malou! Best wishes to you and your blog!
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~ Phoenix <3